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Thought: A Journal of Philosophy


Thought publishes short, original, philosophical papers in the following areas:

  • Philosophy of Maths
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Logic (where there is clear and explicit philosophical relevance)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics
  • Value Theory

The journal employs a triple-blind review process: the author's identity is not revealed to the editors and referees, and the referee's identity is not revealed to the author. Submitted manuscripts are appraised by the Subject Editor of the relevant subject area. Papers that pass to the Editors in Chief are read by at least two experts in the relevant subject area. The editorial team aims to give a response to all authors within eight weeks of submission, but authors should be mindful that the mult-layered refereeing process is time-consuming.

Submitted manuscripts should be no more than 4,500 words.

Thought does not wish to consider for publication submissions that are replies to, or discussion of, papers that have appeared in venues other than Thought, nor discussions of recent monographs. Discussions of classic papers and classic monographs are viewed as an exception to this rule.

Online Submission

All submissions are online via the journal's ScholarOne submission system. There is no charge for submission.

Open Access Publication

The Thought Trust has adopted an open access model supported by open access publication fees. Payment of this fee supports the journal's rigorous editorial review process, ensures open access publication and preservation of each article, and sustains free online access to all content of all issues for an unlimited number of users. There is no charge for submission.

All articles are published with a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND open access publishing license. Information about the publication fee and payment procedure is in the journal's Open Access Publication Agreement.

Forthcoming articles will be available Online First prior to final publication.

Thought is published on behalf of The Thought Trust by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of Thought: A Journal of Philosophy is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work, as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to confirm a chain of reasoning or experimental result. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper.

The Publisher will respond to alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism in close collaboration with the editors. The publisher will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question if necessary. This may include the publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.